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Dictionary definition for: Factor

1. (n) anything that contributes causally to a result; "a number of factors determined the outcome"

2. (v) resolve into factors; "a quantum computer can factor the number 15"

3. (n) an abstract part of something; "jealousy was a component of his character" "two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony" "the grammatical elements of a sentence" "a key factor in her success" "humor: an effective ingredient of a s

4. (n) any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together

5. (n) one of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer; "what are the 4 factors of 6?"

6. (n) a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission

7. (n) an independent variable in statistics

8. (n) (genetics) a segment of DNA that is involved in producing a polypeptide chain; it can include regions preceding and following the coding DNA as well as introns between the exons; it is considered a unit of heredity; "genes were formerly called factors"

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